- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A pastor says Donald Trump was given questions in advance of a planned taped Christian television interview Saturday at a Detroit church.

But Bishop Wayne T. Jackson tells CNN Friday that it was not done to give the Republican presidential candidate “an upper hand” with his answers.

Jackson says these are questions “African-Americans need to know,” and that Trump “hasn’t sat down with anyone” in the black community.

Jackson’s comments come after The New York Times reported obtaining a draft script with Jackson’s questions and the campaign’s proposed answers for Trump.

The interview will take place as Trump is ramping up efforts to sway black voters to the Republican Party.

Jackson says Trump will not address his Great Faith Ministries International congregation, but can speak informally with members later.

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